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DAY 1: UK - Rome.

Fly to Rome where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring this 2,000 year-old city on your own before meeting your Tour Director and fellow guests this afternoon.

DAY 2: Rome.

Steeped in history, the 'Eternal City' never fails to inspire. Today a guide will show you the landmarks of this captivating place. Get ready to see the massive, domed Basilica of St Peter's Square and ruined arches of the Roman Forum before imagining the epic fights of gladiators and the masses of cheering spectators at the epic Colosseum, commissioned by the Emperor Vespasian in 72AD. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3: Rome - Orvieto - Siena.

Drive through scenic Umbria to Orvieto. Perched on a volcanic bluff, this delightful town is famed for its Gothic cathedral. Step inside to admire its glittering mosaics and 13th century frescoes. Later, carry on to Siena, one of Tuscany's hilltop jewels, where you can relax in one of the cafés on its red-bricked Piazza del Campo - one of Italy's finest squares and the stage for the Palio horse race. This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Siena - Montecatini.

This morning, visit San Gimignano, regarded as Tuscany's most beautiful town for its skyline of 13th century towers. One glimpse of its cobbled streets and squares and you'll immediately see why it's a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards, journey through the vineyards of Chianti visiting a wine cellar and sampling some wine at Greve before arriving in the spa town of Montecatini in time to join our optional Tuscan dinner outing. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5: Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini.

Sitting on the River Arno, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the world's most superbly preserved medieval cities. It is also perfect for exploring on foot, with much of its centre pedestrianized. Today discover its treasures such as Piazza della Signoria and fairytale town hall, the Palazzo Vecchio. Another highlight is the Piazza del Duomo, home to the brick-domed cathedral and Giotto campanile. Nearby is the Baptistry, with its gilded East Door known as the 'Gates of Paradise'. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: Montecatini - Pisa - Venice area.

Today to Pisa, originally an important Etruscan port. See it’s beautiful 'Square of Miracles', home to the 180-feet Leaning Tower, exquisite Baptistry and 13th century cathedral. Next continue through the Apennine hills and Po Valley for two nights in the Venice area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7: Venice area.

Built on 118 islands and 177 canals, Venice was once Europe's most prosperous city. Marvel at the Palazzos, the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Square, on a boat ride along the Giudecca Canal. Later, watch a demonstration of glassblowing, a time-honoured Venetian craft, before enjoying time to explore independently. Why not take an optional gondola ride, floating along the romantic canals serenaded by a singing gondolier? Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: Venice area - Assisi - Rome.

Enjoy the interesting scenery as we cross the Po delta and the gentle hills to Assisi. The birthplace of St Francis in 1182, this walled hill town is built in pink-grey stone and dominated by a huge Basilica. Comprising two churches, one housing St Francis' tomb, its centrepiece is a cycle of beautiful frescoes by Giotto depicting scenes from the saint's life. Afterwards, head to Rome. Includes Breakfast

DAY 9: Rome - UK.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Sorrento. Includes Breakfast

A fascinating tour encompassing some of Italy's most historic and beautiful cities, such as Rome and Venice, combined with a visit to the famous Chianti wine region

Inclusions:

• Flights UK - Rome; Rome - UK
• Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
• Meals on tour - 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners
• Services of a tour director
• Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
• Individual Audio System You will be given headphones and a receiver so you can clearly hear the tour director/local guide during your visits.
• Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
• All local and airport taxes/service charges
• Single share option